Playa De La Calera La Gomera (Calera Beach)

By Jill

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Playa de la Calera La Gomera is a popular beach at the northern end of Valle Gran Rey. This beach is sandy, has a relatively sheltered bay, and is close to restaurants and cafes.

Basic Information Playa De La Calera La Gomera

Information Table For Playa De La Calera La Gomera At Valle Gran Rey Canary Islands Spain
Playa De La Calera La Gomera

An Introduction To La Gomera Beaches

La Gomera’s mild climate means its stunning beaches can be enjoyed year-round. However, if you are searching for long white beaches with endless lines of sun loungers, La Gomera may not be the place for you.

A typical La Gomera beach is small with black volcanic sand or shingle. Picture quiet (almost deserted) bays with crystal clear turquoise waters nestled between dramatic craggy cliffs.

Some beaches within the towns are busier with amenities nearby, while others can only be reached via boat or on foot. However, if you are prepared to walk, you are often rewarded with an entire beach to yourself.

A Beach Of Sand And Pebble At Sunrise Called Playa De La Calera La Gomera Canary Islands Spain With Restaurants And Hotels In The Background
Sunrise At Playa De La Calera La Gomera

However, a word of caution is that swimming in the sea on La Gomera can be dangerous, especially during the winter. The island can be windy with large waves and powerful currents, especially during high tide.

Some beaches aren’t suitable for swimming (especially for children) at any time of year, while others are more sheltered and generally safe. Before swimming on any La Gomera beach, we recommend you take the advice of a local tourist office.

An Overview Of Playa De La Calera La Gomera

At the north end of Valle Gran Rey is a wide bay with a stretch of beach almost a kilometre long. The northern end of the shoreline widens with a sandy beach known as Playa de la Calera.

This sandy, sheltered beach is close to amenities and very popular. It is a good beach for families and can get busy in the summer months.

Prepare For Your Visit To Playa De La Calera La Gomera

There are a few things it is worth noting before visiting this beach:

  1. Sunburn – The coastal winds on La Gomera mean that sunburn is common. The sun here is powerful, and the cooling breeze can fool you into thinking you are not at risk.
  2. Stones – Although this is a sandy beach, there are still some rocks, so take care in the water. Consider taking suitable shoes for the water if you plan on going in.
  3. Winds, Waves and Tides – It is worth repeating that all beaches on La Gomera can be dangerous. This beach is popular with swimmers when the water is calm, but ensure you are fully aware of the water conditions before swimming.

Access To Playa De La Calera La Gomera

Playa de la Calera La Gomera lies within the town of Valle Gran Rey and is easily accessible by car. The beach lies at the end of Avenue Maritima la Playa, and there is free parking along this road.

Alternatively, if these parking spaces are full, there are plenty more spaces along the nearby Avenue la Calera. It is just a few minutes to walk to the beach from here.

Our experience was that parking wasn’t a problem, but it may be harder at the height of the summer season. We also found that pretty much all the parking was free.

Amenities At Playa De La Calera La Gomera

A Beach Of Sand And Pebble Called Playa De La Calera La Gomera Canary Islands Spain With A Promenade And Restaurants And Volcanic Mountains In The Background
Promenade And Restaurants At Playa De La Calera La Gomera

There are several restaurants on the promenade behind Playa de la Calera. A block or so back from the promenade on Calle la Noria are a couple of very good cafes serving sandwiches, cakes and pastries. There are also some shops, including a supermarket, in this area.

Pros And Cons Of Playa De La Calera

Pros Of Playa De La Calera

  • Sheltered beach
  • Sandy
  • Open views over the bay
  • Easy access
  • Free Parking
  • Good amenities

Cons Of Playa De La Calera

  • Popular, can get crowded
  • In busy area

Conclusion: Why Playa de la Calera is a Must-Visit in La Gomera

In the heart of Valle Gran Rey, Playa de la Calera stands as a testament to La Gomera’s natural beauty. With its sandy shores and sheltered bay, this beach offers a perfect blend of relaxation and convenience. Whether you’re a family looking for a safe spot to let the kids play or an adventure seeker wanting to explore the nearby amenities, Playa de la Calera has something for everyone.

The beach is easily accessible, with free parking options available, making your trip hassle-free. And let’s not forget the promenade lined with restaurants and cafes, ready to serve you some local delicacies. However, it’s essential to be cautious; the winds can be deceptive, making you underestimate the sun’s power, and the water conditions can change rapidly. Always consult local advice before taking a dip.

So, are you ready to experience the charm of Playa de la Calera? Trust us; it’s worth every moment spent there.

Questions to Ponder:

  1. Safety First: How can you prepare yourself for the varying water conditions at Playa de la Calera?
  2. Local Flavours: What local dishes would you like to try at the restaurants near the beach?
  3. Crowd Control: Considering the beach can get crowded, what would be the best time to visit for a more secluded experience?
About Us

We’re Kevin and Jill; we are from the beautiful Rocky Mountains in Canada but were blown away by the impossibly steep mountains and ravines of La Gomera. We hope to inspire you to visit this unique island and strive to create the ultimate guide.

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